Steve McClaren’s return to Derby County as technical director and advisor to the board appears to have reignited talk of a move for the Aston Villa assistant John Terry.
Terry was mentioned in connection with the vacant manager’s job at Derby last week (Daily Mail).
And, like Wayne Rooney, who is part of the Rams’ interim management team, the former Chelsea captain was a key member of McClaren’s England side between 2006 and 2007.
But if Terry was to be sworn in at Pride Park, could he be joined by some of Aston Villa’s current players?
Here are three potential targets for the prospective Derby boss…
Only four Championship clubs have conceded more league goals than Derby (17) this season and with three of their centre-backs (Curtis Davies, Andre Wisdom and Matt Clarke) due to be out of contract next summer, the next Rams manager is likely to prioritise strengthened at the heart of his defence. Over at Aston Villa, there has already been talk of a January exit for Engels, who is currently injured. And the Belgian could be a useful option for Derby, if he is deemed dispensable by the Villans.
Villa went head-to-head with Derby for Lansbury while McClaren was last in charge, but the £3 million midfielder has played far less football than he perhaps would have liked to at Villa Park. As he enters the final seven months of his contract there, and with Wayne Rooney and Duane Holmes heading towards the end of their deals, a reunion with Terry could make sense if the latter arrives at Derby.
Derby’s biggest issue this season is undoubtedly their lack of goals. And Davis, a different type of striker to the ones already in place at Pride Park, could help in that regard, even if it’s just by bringing others into play. The 22-year-old was strongly linked with a move to the Rams, among other clubs, in the summer transfer window but ultimately stayed at Aston Villa, where his action has been limited.